Breast feeding snack suggestion please

(26 Posts)
Newfamily2014 Thu 31-Mar-16 04:13:18

I'm day 7 of breast feeding and am hungry all the time.
Can anyone recommend some health, nutritious snacks that o can eat rather than heading for the biscuits.
Also does anyone else get hungry when bf'ing overnight? I take crackers to bed to snack on but worried I'm going to start piling on the weight

Laquila Thu 31-Mar-16 04:26:03

I have exactly the same problem. At 5 weeks post-section I actually weigh less now than I did before I got pregnant, but I know I'll get complacent and pile on the pounds soon as I'm eating sooo many biscuits and quick-fix snacks. It was the same last time I bf - after a few months it didn't seem to be keeping my weight down as it did in the beginning!

I just made some very tasty flapjack with lots of apricots, cranberries and seeds, but it's pretty sugary/buttery. Oats are a a good milk-booster though!

HandbagFan Thu 31-Mar-16 07:50:53

I'm 5 weeks down the line and biscuits as my go-to. Hob nobs also have oats in them right? grin

ODog Thu 31-Mar-16 21:11:28

I lost so much weight BF-ing and I ate ALL THE FOOD!! As long as it's not constantly really bad stuff then eat what you want and when you want. You are doing an amazing thing with your body and you should listen to what it needs. Also drink loads. I found the thirst was overwhelming anyway but fluids are super important.

228agreenend Thu 31-Mar-16 21:17:33

Eat some protein during the snack time. I always used to cut up,some apple and cheese. Delicious. (Advice learnt from Fern Briton on This Morning). It definantly helps to fill you up and give you energy.

228agreenend Thu 31-Mar-16 21:18:25

Congrats on the birth of your baby.

pookamoo Thu 31-Mar-16 21:18:43

Peanut butter on toast (assuming no allergies)

Artandco Thu 31-Mar-16 21:19:04

Cashew nuts

SingingMyOwnSpecialSong Thu 31-Mar-16 21:28:54

Peanut butter and banana or avocado on toast or oatcakes. Porridge (wish i'd done it for me sooner, but now dd is on solids i cook roughly chopped fruit in it, 6 mins in the microwave in big jug, then whizz it with a stick blender), trail mix, dried apricots, popcorn, cereal bars. I got a load of those little resealable snack bags and portioned stuff out so i could just grab some before i sat down or went out and keep some by the bed for night feeds. Also used sports bottle for easy to drink (but not spill) water.

Dixiechick17 Thu 31-Mar-16 21:40:39

I always took belvita biscuits up for my midnight snacks, The weight dropped off no matter what I ate, I know it's not the case with everyone but was for me. In the early weeks the baby will feed more, once that has calmed down you'll feel less hungry. I went for bigger portions at dinner too.

thestarryeyedsurprise Thu 31-Mar-16 22:23:49

Carrot/Apple sticks with almond butter/peanut butter

Congratulations on the birth of your baby thanks

Newfamily2014 Fri 01-Apr-16 05:47:35

Thanks everyone (and for your congratulations too). I love all of the foods suggested so I'll get stock piling. Glad to hear I'm not the only person who has a midnight snack too.
I saw a picture on Pinterest of banana sandwiches which were about a 4cm length of banana cut in half with peanut butter filling and then half dipped in chocolate! Yummy!

Lilmisssunshine7 Fri 01-Apr-16 06:04:51

Congratulations! Coconutty chocokate flapjacks with lots of dried fruit in them 😊

WellErrr Fri 01-Apr-16 06:40:06

Don't worry about healthy just eat and eat. Carbs and the lot.

My go to breastfeeding snack is jam sandwiches.

Roddas Fri 01-Apr-16 06:48:05

Bananas
Hot chocolate
Muffins
Ready brek before feeding all night bed

TiredOfSleep Fri 01-Apr-16 13:26:14

The best thing I did was get 2 Tupperware tubs and fill with cereal bars, fruit, nuts, chocolate etc etc and left it by my chair and by my bed.

You're hungry because you're feeding, go with it!

Newfamily2014 Fri 01-Apr-16 13:31:09

Yes I think I need to give myself a break and eat what I fancy.. Filling that advice I'm going to make a cup of tea and have some cake!
Day 9 today and still look pregnant, although tummy is going down a lot but I don't think that is to do with what I'm eating?

indecisivedoctor Fri 01-Apr-16 13:36:14

Seconding what lots of people have said. Go with it. You need it.

Brown toast with peanut butter and jam for me. Instant hit and slow burn energy combined.

Have you got a nutri bullett/ninja? Smoothies with banana and other stuff.. Can make and keep in travel mug..

Cakescakescakes Fri 01-Apr-16 13:41:42

Eat what you like! Bf burns 500 calories a day so you can enjoy your biscuits smile I used to bring a banana upstairs with me each night to eat during the night. You don't want to be faffing during the night with anything more complex. For during the day I had party flapjack things, nuts, raisins, and lots of chocolate..,,,, Remember to drink plenty too. Good luck!

Cakescakescakes Fri 01-Apr-16 13:42:10

Oaty flapjack things!!!! No idea what a party flapjack is!!

acquiescence Fri 01-Apr-16 17:20:01

Can I ask for the people who are saying the weight dropped off, how long did it take?
I'm four and a half months in, breastfeeding, not eating crazily and have lost no weight. I was a size 10 pre pregnancy and have had to buy size 14 clothes and it's getting me down a bit now! I'm hoping my boobs will go down soon as I think this makes me feel bigger. Sorry to jump in on the thread, hope that's ok OP!

ALongTimeComing Fri 01-Apr-16 17:21:52

Make sure you drink loads and loads of water too! A lot of the time when you think you are hungry it's because you are dehydrating too.

Cakescakescakes Fri 01-Apr-16 17:30:18

It dropped off me first time round by about 5/6 months but I held on to a stone until I stopped breastfeeding at 13 months. The extra stone literally fell off in about 2 weeks. Sometimes your body hangs onto a reserve while you are breastfeeding.

With ds2 the weight hung about much longer but then it was harder to do as much walking etc as i did the first time.

haventgotaclue1 Fri 01-Apr-16 19:50:49

I found having a box of mixed up nuts and dried fruit to hand was really good (although did find I had to pick bits out of DD's hair sometimes blush). I ate absolutely TONS and woke up starving too - in the end I made up marmalade sandwiches and took them up to bed with me for when I woke up!

I was one of those people who found the weight just vanished - actually think I became too skinny, but am sure this was a due to a VERY hungry baby (I was exclusively BF) and the fact that I could only get her to nap if I physically pushed her around the local area in her pram....meant I ended up walking for about 3 hours EVERY DAY...hmm. Have now stopped BF for 3 months (she's just turned 16 mo) and weight has stabilised / increased a little - am about what I was pre-pregnancy.

Very many congratulations and good luck!

43percentburnt Fri 01-Apr-16 19:58:27

I too am constantly hungry, I'm ebf twins. I find weetabix or porridge at 9pm approx sees me through until about 9am. Cheese on toast is good too. For snacks, nuts, prunes, dried fruit, biscuits. I drink decaf tea constantly!

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